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neighborhood, counting the mud-covered cars and the foundations stripped of
``The people in this house have not been located,'' says Macias, 35, pointing to a
boxy white stucco house mired in mud up to the second-story windows. ``I think
we'll find them under the mud.''
The search begins
this week, as
mudslides and drying out from the storms that have pounded the border city for a
Across the border,
U.S. Weather Service meteorologist Gary Neumann said, ``It looks like we're
locked into a wet weather pattern at least through Thursday.''
But even last week's
dramatic snowstorm in northern
mudslides in posh southern beach communities don't compare with the
devastation just south of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Fourteen people have been confirmed dead here. Thousands are homeless.
Hundreds are seeking food and blankets in emergency shelters, and hundreds
more can't get through the mud to safety.
Committee - is swamped trying to line up portable toilets, portable showers, food
and medicine for flood victims.
``We're right across the border, and we see the problems every day, but now
we're scared that there will be a major infection problem because many (victims)
haven't been able to shower for four days now,'' Diaz says.
At Injude, one of this city's 59 temporary shelters, 219 Mexican families ate food
All over the city Sunday, residents were arming themselves with shovels and
starting to dig out. But others were still traumatized by Thursday's floods.
``We don't know how we're going to fix any of this stuff,'' said a tearful Julia
Sanchez Munoz, 41. Schoolteacher Munoz, her husband, Luis, and 10-year- old
son Sayet were sleeping when a 6-foot wall of mud slammed into their home in
the low-lying middle-class Calle Miguel Aleman neighborhood.
``In less than 10 minutes we were totally flooded and got trapped,'' Munoz says.
``My boy was screaming for me, and I couldn't find him. All my books, all my
records, all my mementos. All gone.''
Gabriel Rosas, spokesman for Tijuana Mayor Hector Osuna, says the shock
outweighs the real damage.
``The situation just isn't that bad,'' Rosas says. ``If a true state of emergency was
declared, the army would impose martial law.''
Many here believe Osuna is downplaying the damage, even though he's received
help from the U.S. Coast Guard and
``The mayor is dead
thinks it's just a small problem, he must not have been to our street.''
CUTLINE:NEIGHBORS MISSING: Alfredo Leyva, left, and Rudy Macias
search Sunday for occupants of a house swamped by mudslides. `I think we'll
find them under the mud,' Macias said. CUTLINE:`ALL GONE': Schoolteacher
Julia Sanchez Munoz,
41, and son Sayet, 10, inside their flooded
Riha Jr., Gamma-Liaison